Tattoo removal aftercare is a very important component to the laser tattoo removal process. Aftercare instructions are provided for a reason – to help you enhance and improve the recovery process between tattoo removal appointments.
What To Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal
Whether you are getting PicoSure laser tattoo removal or any other form of laser tattoo removal, it’s important to know what to expect. The tattoo removal process can put stress on your skin in the removal area. It also puts stress on your body – because your body is actually doing all the hard work to remove the ink and flush it out of your system.
Everyone reacts differently, but you can expect some swelling and redness. Blistering and itchiness are also possible, and easily treatable.
The key is to stick with your aftercare instructions. It’s the main factor to help your body heal quicker after each treatment. The sooner your body heals, the sooner you can book your next tattoo removal appointment.
Laser Tattoo Removal Healing Process – Aftercare Instructions
Here are some general tattoo removal aftercare instructions to follow:
- Keep the area clean
- Keep the area dry
- Apply antibiotic cream or other suggested creams as instructed – be diligent!
- Apply a cold compress to reduce inflammation and discomfort
- If you go in the sun, keep the area covered. Apply sunscreen if the area is exposed
- If you blister or scab, never pick at the area. This could result in an infection or even scarring
- If the area is itchy, apply hydrocortisone cream
If at any time you have questions about laser tattoo removal aftercare, contact our office. We are always here to help!
Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare FAQ
We get lots of questions about tattoo removal aftercare. Here are some of the top questions we receive:
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Laser Tattoo Removal?
Every person is different. For some people, it takes a week; for others, it can take up to two weeks to recover. In general, the more treatments you receive, the quicker you will recover. Recovery can also be sped up if you follow all aftercare precautions.
Can I Take A Shower After Laser Tattoo Removal?
It’s recommended you wait at least 2 hours before showering after laser tattoo removal treatments. Avoid water from a high pressure shower head hitting the affected area directly. Avoid soaking the area. So no baths, hot tubs, or swimming until the area is healed.
Which Cream To Use After Laser Tattoo Removal?
There are a number of creams that can be used post tattoo removal treatment. Some of the most common include Aquaphor, Neosporin, Polysporin, Vitamin E cream, or hydrocortisone cream. Speak with your tattoo removal technician about aftercare cream options.
How Long Should I Leave The Wrap On My Tattoo?
It’s recommended that you bandage the treated area for the first 3 days after treatment. Keep the area clean and sterile. Change the bandage regularly.
Can You Work Out After Laser Tattoo Removal?
Yes, going to the gym and exercise in general is fine, as long as you don’t irritate the tattoo removal area.
How Long Do Tattoo Removal Blisters Last?
Blistering is a common side effect of laser tattoo removal. Blisters typically appear within the first few hours of treatment and can last a week or more. They will heal on their own with proper aftercare.
What Are The Laser Tattoo Removal Infection Signs?
While blistering and scabbing is normal, infection is not. If you notice discharge, additional redness and pain, the area may have become infected. Contact your doctor if you suspect the area is infected.